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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.

In addition to these classic collections, you may view guidance films from the post-World War II British government, drive-in movie intermission ads, and videos documenting the history of San Francisco from 1906 to the early 21st Century. Many of these films are available for free download.

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Educational Films
by Marshall, John. drt; Marshall, Lorna. wam; Galvin, Frank; Marshall, Laurence K. pro
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Director, photographer, Johnn Marshall; script, Lorna Marshall; editor, Frank Galvin
Topics: !Kung (African people), Ethnology, Hunting, Primitive, Ethnology, Hunting, Primitive, !Kung...
PeriscopeFilm
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Directed by Ramsay Short and Michael Orrom, with cinematography by the incredible Winton Hoch, "A Light In Nature" is a 1960 film about science created by the Shell Oil Corporation.  The film shows scientific research and the creative process of discovery in probing radioactivity, astronomy, materials science, geology, biophysics, oceanography, the discovery of DNA, etc.   This production was made to coincide with the Tercentenary of the Royal Society as a tribute to the scientific...
Topics: Film, Science, DNA, Physicist, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Educational Films
by Film Boris von Borrisholm
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A man is tormented by the letter "A".  According to director Lenica, "It is a very simple film, with only one man and one letter in one set design. It is about a conflict between the man and the letter."  Rarely seen, with only a handful of prints known to be in existence.  Animated (cartoon, combined technique), West Germany/France. Awards: 1965 - Grand Prix at Oberhausen, Bundesfilmspreis - West Germany, Grand Prix at Prades. Opening card reads: en français J'étais un...
Produced in 1958 by Jam Handy Organization (and sponsored by the Chevrolet division of General Motors), “In Appreciation Of Stylist Of America” is a Technicolor American Look film that documents automotive, industrial, interior, and architectural design from the last truly great era of American design. An opening crawl explains that purpose, to pay tribute to men and women who work in the design industry — those “who work in lines, forms and textures, and colors to give to us beauty,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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An episode of the 1950s Ford Television Theater, BENEATH THESE WATERS stars then-actor Ronald Reagan. The film tells the story of the fictional USS Barksdale, which is put in harms way during the early days of WWII. The incident portrayed in the film was based upon a real incident but obviously heavily dramatized. Plot: After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Comdr. William Masterson takes over command as the captain falls ill with appendicitis. While in charge, Masterson allows the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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 This pictorial history of the Kennedy Space Center begins with the first test firing of a rocket motor in 1951. It then goes on to contrast the primitive launch facilities of that era to the Kennedy Space Center complex of the Apollo program.  The Kennedy Space Center was created for the Apollo manned lunar landing program, and has evolved to meet the changing needs of America's manned space program. At NASA's creation in 1958 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, its...
Topics: Kennedy Space Center, Apollo program, Cape Canaveral, Florida, space race, rocket, missile, U.S....
Educational Films
by Crawford, Ron; Crawford, Sydney, 1934- joint author
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Title from data sheet
Topics: Power resources, Power resources, Power resources
Educational Films
by Churchill Films
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Title from data sheet
Topics: Animation (Cinematography), Animation (Cinematography)
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This portion, Reel 2, shows the burning of the Reichstag Building.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Nazism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Reichstag, Adolf Hitler, Berlin Tempelholf Airport,...
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Hodkinson Films
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A tour of Filmdom with glimpses of celebrities Ramon Novarro, Jack Warner, Max Linder, and Vola Vale. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
Dating to 1943, "Interrogation of Enemy Airmen" is a WWII training film that was made by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, to train American "AIOs" (Air Intelligence Officers) in techniques for interrogating captured enemy airmen, gathering vital intelligence. The film provides a look inside an AIO training school, where candidates learn a variety of interrogation methods, the importance of thoroughly familiarizing...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Translated to English by the C.I.A., this Soviet propaganda film was originally created in July,1967 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and to document the Moscow Air Show.  The film also shows some of the history of aviation in the USSR.  This amazing film features combat footage from WWII, as well as (at about the 3 minute mark) interesting historic footage of aircraft designers Pavel Sukhoi, Alexander Yakovlev and Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich (the men behind...
Topics: Yakutsk, Sukhoi Su-17, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, Moscow, USR, Soviet Union, Soviet Air Force, Soviet...
PeriscopeFilm
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Released by Eastman Kodak as part of their Classroom Film series in the 1930s, this movie shows the people of Yugoslavia.  It includes images of village life with farmers taking care of routines, women baking bread, dairy products being made, vegetables and flowers being planted and grown, pigs and other farm animals being raised, and more.  A "modern farm" appears around the 6 minute mark with steam-driven harvesting machinery.  The film also shows textiles being made, a school,...
Topics: Military Occupations By The Soviet Union, Cold War, Soviet Union, Latvia
Educational Films
by Council for a Television Course in the Humanities for Secondary Schools; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc
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"Our Town" and Our Universe Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film This film introduces one of John Cheever's favorite themes, the American male's fear of losing his identity. Frustrated at the onset of age, middle-aged executive Cash Bentley attempts to recapture the glories of his college years and his athletic prowess by hurdling the living room furniture. Even a broken leg doesn't serve as a warning ... the moment it is healed hs back...
Topics: Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975, Our town (Wilder, Thornton)
PeriscopeFilm
by Armed Forces Information Film
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Produced in 1962 and narrated by actor James Cagney, "The Road to the Wall" explores the steady march of Communism through the years.  It begins with the writings of Karl Marx and tracks milestones up until the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall.  Filled with spectacular footage pulled from historic propaganda and dramatic films, the documentary was produced by U.S. Armed Forces and released as an "Information Film."  It presents the expansion of Communism around the...
Topics: Cold War, Soviet Union, Communist Revolution, USSR, Berlin Wall, Fidel Castro, Chairman Mao, China,...
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Newsreel with stories about burglar-proof mail containers, golfing moms, a prototype car phone, the Princeton crew team, and the latest fashions. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
PeriscopeFilm
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Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
Made in 1936, "The Song of a Nation" is an historical featurette dramatizing the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."  It stars Donald Wood as Francis Scott Key.  The plot begins in Georgetown in 1814 where, lawyer Francis Scott Key believes the government is not doing enough to protect the country from the warring British. He is not afraid to air his views, unpopular amongst the military/political circle in which he...
Topics: National Anthem, War 1812, Francis Scott Key
Produced by Glenn E. Miller for Lockheed, and narrated by radio and television personality George Fenneman, TABLE 210 is about the making of movies for the Department of Defense. The name of the film comes from a piece of language in most Department of Defense contracts in this era -- Table 210 -- which defines that work performed under the contract needs to be documented with motion pictures. Here, the creation of a filmic record of an experimental and highly classified Lockheed missile system...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Living New Deal Project
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African American choir performing spirituals.
Topics: New Deal, African American Culture
A/V Geeks
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Everyone’s green thumb is put to the test as the tree house detectives attempt to grow award-winning pineapple plants for the upcoming state fair. The tree house becomes a greenhouse as the detectives experiment with soil, plant life cycles, light, CO2 and even genetics to grow the perfect plant. Follow along with Kali as she visits the beautiful islands of Hawaii to explore a rainforest, a pineapple plantation and a volcano where she learns about volcanic soil. To license this film and get a...
Topics: NASA, ecosystems, biology
A/V Geeks
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The tree house detectives’ efforts to raise money with a car wash dry up when the city is hit with water restrictions. With the help of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), the entire group learns all about the water cycle, the water table, global climates, and much more to get the project flowing again. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, science, water cycle
A/V Geeks
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The Tree House Detectives are eager to win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, but one of the detectives is not quite up to the challenge. They decide that it is time for a little research to learn more about being fit. They visit NASA to learn more about muscles, bones and physical activity and find out why fitness is the key to space exploration. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, physical fitness
Produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with the United States Army Air Corps and released in April of 1941, WINGS OF STEEL was directed by B. Reeves Eason from a screenplay by Owen Crump. It also features Herbert Anderson, Tom Neal & Ralph Byrd. Shot in Technicolor, WINGS OF STEEL tells the story of a sports champion (Douglas Kennedy) who is drawn to aviation to help his country in the war effort. The film features color footage of the B-17 at :41, and Stearman training planes at  1:18...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Presented in Italian the color film, “Pan AM the Philippines”, is a documentary about the culture of the Philippines. It is part of a series of films put out by Pan AM called “Pan AM’s 1960’s and 70’s Travel Films: Visit 11 Places, in 7 Languages” commissioned to be done by New Horizons, for the movie making, and Movietonews, Inc., to assembled the footage and audio. Editorial director: Harry L. Coleman. Narrator: Ed Stokes. The video opens with views of the Philippines ( 0:08 -...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Created by The Martin Company in 1964, "Ten Years of Progress" recounts the relentless challenge and accomplishments that took place in the years 1954-1964 as the United States entered the space race and began making plans to deploy ICBMs against the Soviet threat. In the 1950s America's missile and rocket booster fleet largely existed on paper, but as the film points out the mid-1960s saw a host of accomplishments as the United States worked hard to catch up to its opponent. There...
Topics: Martin Company, ICBM, Jupiter C, NASA, Agena Spacecraft craft, Titan Missile, Rocket, Space...
Ephemeral VHS
by BBC Enterprises Ltd
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"Goals! Goals! Goals! Sixty-five minutes of non-stop action with 101 Great Goals from BBC Sports coverage of English International, FA Cup, Football League and League Cup matches between 1969 and 1987." -- description from box.
Topics: vhs, football, soccer, sports
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Wilding Picture Productions
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Self-improvement film funded by a paper company. In the story a dissatisfied factory worker imagines what it would be like to become a company foreman or the company president. The worker comes to learn that every employee, regardless of position, must be productive to succeed. Through this parable,  1104 Sutton Road  argues that improving personal relations and communications in the workplace increases productivity and makes each em­ployee a better person. Note:  Released in Technicolor...
Topic: sponsored film
PeriscopeFilm
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Presented by Gulf Oil, 12 HOURS OF SEBRING presents the Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance. It was produced by Nathan Zucker and shows the 1963 race. In the field you'll see the Ferrari 250P, 330 TRI/LM, 250 GTO, Jaguar E-type, Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra, Chaparral 1 Corvette, Triumph TR4, Morgan Plus 4, Osca 1600 GT, Alfa Romeo, Abarth-Simca, Porsche, Lotus TVR and Austin MG. The film also shows women participating in the sport, including as pit crew and as drivers. A full...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Navy, this 16mm silent home movie shows unique views from 1945. It begins somewhere in a Pacific harbor, probably Yokosuka, Japan, at :26, with images of a cruiser at sea. The ship's number is not visible but it might be USS Los Angeles. Visible on the rear deck at :35 is a crane used for seaplane retrieval. At 1:30 is what appears to be images of Japan, with damaged buildings evident. At 2:05 , a large harbor is seen, with what appears to be USS Montpelier...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution.  The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965).  Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, RMS Mauretania, Castleton Gardens, Panama, Panama City, Panama...
Educational Films
by American Broadcasting Company; CRM Films
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Produced by ABC
Topic: American Revolution (1775-1783)
Shaping San Francisco
by Shaping San Francisco
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the promises and perils of the organizing effort to create In Chan Kajaal park at 17th and Folsom. The interview took place before construction on the park had begun, but it is now open, as of Summer 2017.
Topics: parks, Recreation & Park Dept., immigration, Mayan, housing, organizing, public space
This 1940s black and white “Gay Nineties Live Again” was produced by Castle Films as part of the “Old Time Movies” series. Due to being early film, some of it reproduced from "paper prints" in the Library of Congress, some of the segments are faint or flickering. The film begins with the segment When Dobbin was King! (:24-:48). Two horses pull a trolley or horsecar. Seeing New York Via Steam-Engine! (:48- 1:07 ). An elevated steam locomotive passes. Putt-putt and Bowlers (...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Educational Films
by Eastman Kodak Company, Audiovisual Library Distribution
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SummaryDepicts a day in 18th century Williamsburg, focusing on the activities of the town s cabinetmaker and his family. Studies the first year in the life of a baby in a Japanese middle-class family. Shows a wide variety of activities in home environment from birth to first birthday: feeding, bathing, playing, sleeping, reactions to various stimuli, and interactions with other members of the family. Meaning of the film is easy to follow even though narrative is in Japanese.
Topics: 18th Century Life in Williamsburg, Virginia: Home Life, FamilyVirginiaEighteenth century history...
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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This video, developed for grades 9 through 12, examines the scientific findings of the unmanned Viking missions to Mars. Viewers are introduced to a variety of information returned to Earth, including soil and atmospheric analysis and biological and geological data. Difficulties encountered in interpreting Viking’s data are discussed. Actual photographs taken by the Viking One and Two spacecraft are shown. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes,...
Topics: NASA, Viking, Mars
Shaping San Francisco
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animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Topics: 1906 fire, animation, Big One
PeriscopeFilm
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This 1920s or early 1930s home movie is a bit of a mystery.  It shows scenes at an airport where some kind of air show is in progress.  Based on research done by third parties, we've determined that the airport at the beginning of the film is likely the McIntyre Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (If you look closely at the hangar in the rear at the :40 mark you can see the airport's distinctively marked hangar).   At the 2:45 mark a group of women are seen who may either be female pilots, or...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Air Racing Pilot, Home Movies, Airport, Traveler, Delta Air Lines
PeriscopeFilm
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Made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1920s, "Wheels of Progress" is a silent educational film that contains fascinating footage of horses, buggies, bicycles and early automobiles.  The film notes that even "25 years ago" a 25-mile trip was very, very far.  Now thanks to the automobile, distances are shorter.  However as the film shows at the 2:09 mark, early automobiles were far from reliable.  The film shows an early traffic jam at the 3:00 mark, and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Model T, Flivver, Early Automobiles, Horse and Buggy, Model A Ford,...
PeriscopeFilm
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This late 1920s, early 1930s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It begins with silent movie footage re-enacting Ponce de Leon arriving in Florida by ship -- and then shows exceptionally early and rare footage of tribe members in their beautiful handmade clothing, foraging in the swamps amid deer, alligators, wildcats and snakes. Green corn farming is seen at the 3:15 mark, and the making of bread at 5:30. Housing and a village...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Seminoles, Florida
Ephemeral Films
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Farming History in America * 1920s 1930s * Archival Footage Data filmed during the Great Depression Anyone who enjoys this information as much as I do really should check out this web page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuX0poHk--DqZIVh_O9G5rQ I have not rcvd nor am I receiving any benefit, financial or otherwise, for mentioning this persons YouTube Channel. It simply contains really great archival data!! * Source: YouTube Channel Charlie Dean Archives. Thank you for this great farming...
Topics: Great Depression, Farming USA 20s-30s, Farming USA 20s, Farming USA 30s, Farming Archives
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927.  The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in...
Topics: Eastman Kodak, educational, film, pesticides, ecology, vintage, classroom
This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in the late 1920s or early 1930s by Philip M. Brown, "A Pilgrimage Through Palestine" borrows its title from a popular book first published in the 1890s.  The film travelogue shows views of various cities in British occupied Palestine -- today's State of Israel -- including Nazareth, Jericho, Haifa, Tiberius and more.  Mandatory Palestine as it was known, was a geopolitical entity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. British...
Topics: Israel, Palestine, Mandatory Palestine, Haifa, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Jericho,...
PeriscopeFilm
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Made in the 1920s or early 1930s by Keystone, this short film shows sights in the nation of Spain. The film starts with images of troubadours or mariachis and a procession of lovely Spanish ladies dressed in finery. At :37 an old man is seen with a donkey. At :45, more lovely ladies pose for the camera. At 1:18 , water is drawn from a well in a quaint village. At 1:30 , a child fills a jug from a fountain while at 1:48 another poses with a baby burro. Madrid is seen at 1:58 , while at 2:11 a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Made by Keystone, this charming travelogue film shows pre-WWII Japan and was likely filmed in the 1920s or early 30s. the film begins with images of a caucasian girl in Japanese dress and carrying a parasol before showing at 1:02 , Japanese women doing their make-up. At 1:15 , Geisha girls play instruments. At 1:30 , children are seen in kimonos learning how to use fans. At 1:45 a large temple complex is seen, we don't know which one -- if you know please leave information in the comments. At...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1921, Manhatta is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, which uses the words of Walt Whitman to paint a vivid portrait of New York City. Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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This extraordinary, silent 16mm home movie shows a trip by private yacht off Massachusetts, New York / Long Island, Rhode Island and Connecticut in 1928, and includes images of the Coast Guard gunboat No. 100, sailboat races, other vessels, and the crew of the yacht making the trip. At :49 the Norwalk Lighthouse is seen, most likely the Peck Ledge Light in Connecticut. At  1:18  Montauk Harbor, Long Island is seen. At  2:30  Block Island, Rhode Island and a sword-fishing boat is seen. At ...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928. The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the...
Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
PeriscopeFilm
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This silent and rather amazing home movie dates to 1929. Entitled "California or Bust", it was shot by a member of the Georgia Tech football team or one of its boosters to document the team's trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. This was the first appearance for Georgia Tech in a post season bowl game. They had run through their regular season schedule. This included a 13–0 win over Notre Dame and a 20–6 win over Georgia in the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry game. They were...
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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This film, a silent home movie, shows a serious plane crash at the Chicago National Air Races in 1930, Trimotor stunts, and more.   The film begins with images of downtown Chicago, Illinois at night.  The Central United Bank tower is seen as well as other landmarks.  At the 1:20 mark, the National Air Races grandstands are shown, and at 1:50 a man -- possibly organizer Cliff Henderson, addresses the crowd.  At 2:24, Army and Navy aircraft fly over the crowd.  At 3:45, you will see biplanes...
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This silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
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This silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
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This somewhat rough but very interesting 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1930s and was shot by a member of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.  The film shows an encampment of soldiers performing various duties including the dreaded K.P. or "Kitchen Patrol" at the 1:30 mark.  Horse drawn wagons, cavalry troops and a monoplane are seen in the film, as well as tanks, trucks and other vehicles.  Clearly this was shot in an era when horses and mechanized forces were still working...
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Made in the late 1930s, this travelogue of Panama shows some of the ruins of the early colonization of the nation, as well as the modern Panama Canal -- the "Gateway to the Pacific".  The film contains footage of the construction of the canal and the "mammoth task" that joined two oceans.  There is terrific footage of steam shovels, steam engines and railroad trains, and construction personnel.   The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi)...
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This historic U.S. Navy promotional film entitled "Anchor's Aweigh", shows the fighting ships of the Navy as they appeared in the 1930s. It seems likely given that Panama is seen in the film, that this movie was shot during Fleet Problem XVII.  Fleet problem was the term used by the United States Navy to describe each of 21 large-scale naval exercises conducted between 1923 and 1940. They are labeled with Roman numerals, from Fleet Problem I through Fleet Problem XXI. A 22nd Fleet...
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Part of Leslie Winik's "Sportbeams" series of short films, SPEEDWAY opens with images of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, with open-wheeled cars racing down city streets. At  1:00 , the XI Grand Prix of Tripoli is shown. This is the 1934 running of the race, which originated in 1925 and lasted up until 1940 and the start of WWII in Libya. At  1:48 , the Continental Grand Prix is shown, with pit crews hard at work at the  2:14  mark. At 2;46, a car is seen wiping out on the track, while...
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The sunlit landscapes of “Golden California” is brought to the viewer via this 1930s black-and-white picture. “A land of magic at the rainbow’s end” is how a title card introduces California as Pacific Ocean waves crash upon the rocky shoreline at mark  00:15 . San Diego is the first “port of call” (mark  00:42 ) and we learn how the city was the first settlement on the Pacific Coast. At  1:09 , the steamship SS Pennsylvania is seen in Long Beach harbor. The film quickly takes...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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This silent German educational film dates from just before WWII. It discusses principles of electromagnetics including magnetic fields. Like many German films of this era it uses live action, animation and other techniques to present its argument. Typically this type of film would be accompanied by a script which would be read in class by a teacher during the screening. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!...
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A black-and-white travelogue from the Port O’ Call Series produced by William M. Pizor, “Isle of Isolation: Bali” takes the viewer to the 1930s-era Indonesian island. No larger than Delaware with a population of “a million happy people,” the narrator explains how Bali is a world apart from other cultures. The film shows the viewer a variety of scenes from the island (mentioning at mark  01:25  that it is primarily “a land of women” outnumbering the men by 70 percent), including...
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This B&W film most likely from the late 1930s provides a tour of London, highlighting places to visit while there. It opens with Buckingham Palace, guarded by sentries in full uniform. The changing of the guard ceremony is shown, complete with a uniformed band (:29- 1:25 ). Leading from the Palace is Constitution Hill Road, which leads to Hyde Park ( 1:27 ). Political activists ( 1:37 ) stump there. The aristocrats of Mayfair now take their morning horseback rides ( 1:41 ). Originally named...
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The Monty Python song "I'm a lumberjack..." might have been inspired by this wonderful film from the 1930s "Treetop Daredevils", shot in the Pacific Northwest. The film shows lumberjacks and axemen working in an era before power tools were brought to bear on the forest, and almost everything was done by muscle. In addition to showing the cutting down of old growth forest logs and their floating down the river, the film includes a lengthy segment (starting at  5:30 ) showing...
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This silent home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a fairly large oil refinery located in Casper, Wyoming.   In the 1890s, significant oil strikes were made in northern Natrona County. Investors, comfortable with dependable nearby supplies of crude oil, underwrote construction of Wyoming’s first refinery in 1895. Pennsylvania investors headed by Philip Shannon formed the firm at Casper and named it the Pennsylvania Refinery. They also struck oil at what became known as the Shannon Field...
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This film is a fragment of a travelogue apparently made by Pan Am Airlines just prior to WWII, "High Road in the Sky". At this time Pan Am offered Clipper Service across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong, with several stops for refueling along the way. The film begins with footage of passengers taking a break to do some deep sea fishing at Wake Island. At  1:47 , a small boat is used to sail out to a coral garden in the Wake lagoon. At  6:45 , Guam in the Marshall Islands...
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Made in the late 1930s or early 1940s, this silent film shows some of the early history of the parachute, including its use at :40 as a novelty act as part of a circus or fair. A modern parachute is seen at  1:00 , "packed by government licensed experts." At  2:55  the rip cord is shown. At  3:00 , a "pull off" jump is made from a biplane with the chute inflating in the air stream after the rip cord is pulled. At  3:20 , free jumps from aircraft are shown. At  4:00 ,...
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This rare silent film from 1935 promotes the Ruth Dredger, a trench digging and clearing machine that was built in California in the 1920s. It begins showing "old model Ruths" at the start, before moving on to show the latest "continuous action" models, including a factory-new Ruth being delivered to a customer in Nebraska via railroad. Some of the dredgers shown include one working on irrigation canals near Yuma, Arizona and at ( 8:33 ) Coolidge, Arizona. The Ruth Dredger...
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This silent film dates to the late 1920s or early 1930s and was used to promote travel on the P&O Orient Line of steamships with service to Asia. The film begins at ;11 with images of Kandy, Ceylon -- current day Sri Lanka. Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. At :25 the Temple of...
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